Save The Dates: EQT Children’s Theater Festival 2017

Save the dates for Fun and Fantastic Performances! Continue on to keep reading the Press Release from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES  31st ANNUAL EQT CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL  FEATURING INTERNATIONAL AND AWARD-WINNING THEATER PERFORMANCES MAY 18-21

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CULTURAL DISTRICT 

Pittsburgh, PA–The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held May 18-21, 2017 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. In the 31st annual celebration of international children’s programming, attendees are encouraged to enjoy six sensational performances, including a United States premiere, in addition to more than 35 family-friendly activities. The festival is presented by the Children’s Theater and Festival division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Single tickets for the featured performances go on sale to the public on Monday, January 30, 2017.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 31st EQT Children’s Theater Festival with wonderful international performances and expanded programming for all ages,” shared Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming and Executive Director of the Children’s Theater Series and Festival at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Once again, we are excited to invite performers from around the globe to foster cultural exchange and wonder through the performing arts. From popular stories coming to life to interactive outdoor theater performances, festival activities are created to inspire and engage all ages. We look forward to creating memories at this year’s festival!”

The 31st EQT Children’s Theater Festival features ticketed performances by six award-winning theater companies from Australia, Mexico, the United States, Denmark and Northern Ireland. A mix of teen-focused performances, like Simple Gifts, and child-centric shows such as The Way Back Home, this year’s festival has something for everyone. The schedule includes the United States premier of Pulse, a theater experience carefully designed for the youngest of theatergoers using texture and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a creative space. More than 35 free activities designed to complement featured performances, including hands-on activities, public art and music at numerous indoor and outdoor spaces will take place throughout the Cultural District.

For the fourth year, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children’s Theater Festival. Established in 2003, the EQT Foundation provides educational opportunities for children, as well as adults, values the development of liveable communities, and is committed to the preservation of natural resources. The EQT Foundation prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen and invests in programs that promote an understanding of culture and heritage.  www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation

“The EQT Foundation is honored to return as underwriter of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival, an exceptional event that brings international performing and visual artists to the region for our children to experience first-hand,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation.  “We are proud to share these outstanding arts and educational programs with our region’s youth and provide opportunities to promote awareness of global cultures, as well as local heritage.  The EQT Children’s Theater Festival never disappoints with its array of extraordinary events for the enrichment of all attendees.”

For 31 years, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival has brought the community the diversity and culture of international arts and entertainment without having to leave the Pittsburgh area! The festival has featured performing artists from around the world, spanning six continents, and is known for presenting unique, globally-inspired arts, music, one-of-a-kind installation, premiers and free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together when enjoying elements of fun and surprise. The festival serves as a gateway for children of all ages to experience professional performing arts programming that inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.

Featured Ticketed Performances
All ticketed performances will take place in the Cultural District.  Single tickets for the featured performances go on sale, Monday, January 30, 2017.  For tickets and information, please visit www.TrustArts.org/PGHKids, call 412-456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more, please call 412-471-6930 or visit:http://pghkids.trustarts.org/kids/groups.

For a full description of each Featured Ticketed Performance, including performance times, please visit www.TrustArts.org/PGHKids. 

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale by Dallas Children’s Theater
United States
Ages 5-11 | 65 minutes
Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

When Mufaro learns that a great African king wants to meet the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go.  During their journey to the King, Mufaro’s beautiful daughters Manyara and Nyasha encounter mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit.  Celebrate goodness, generosity and love with traditional chanting, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song in this beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book by John Steptoe.  The story was adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, with music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa.

The Way Back HomebyTeater Refleksion and Branar Theater

Denmark and Ireland
Ages 3-8 | 40 minutes
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space!  Millions of miles from earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake.  The boy makes a daring landing on the moon where he realizes he’s not alone up there.  Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home explores the boundless imagination of children through puppetry, wonderful music, and creative wordless storytelling. 

We Built This City by Polyglot Theatre
Australia
All Ages | 30 minutes
Venue: 7th Street & Penn Avenue, Outdoor interactive installation, with partial tent

The whole family will enjoy building the cities of their dreams in this giant cardboard construction site.  Thousands of cardboard boxes take over in this interactive performance where children build entire cities and towns of skyscrapers, tunnels, and sprawling estates that reflect the time and place of their immediate culture.  With a rocking soundtrack and Polyglot Theatre artists roaming the site, We Built This City is one of the happiest projects you will ever experience.  We Built This City is made possible in-part by the Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment.  Established in 2015, the Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment supports adventurous theater for young audiences.

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play!
The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour
United States
Ages 3-8 | 60 minutes
Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense in Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!  This vaudevillian romp of a musical is based on Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books.  Together, these best friends face fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by the nutty backup singers The Squirrelles, the duo even gets the audience involved in the action. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!  This performance is also part of the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series.

*Sensory Friendly Performances, which will include interactivity, rhythm, repetition, reduced sound levels and gentle lighting is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Simple Gifts by Cashore Marionettes
United States
Ages 7+ | 60 minutes
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

Experience a series of touching and poignant scenes from everyday life told through a beautiful and skillful manipulation of marionettes.  Set to music, this theatrical and artistic program will provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human.  This performance is also part of the 2016-2017 EQT Bridge Theater Series.  

Pulse by Teatro al Vacio
Mexico
Ages 0-2 | 30 minutes
Venue: Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue

Carefully designed for the youngest of theatergoers, Pulse uses textures and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a safe, positive, and friendly environment that will stimulate their sense of creativity. Actors create an extraordinary space ready for exploration, connecting with simple materials to transform their surroundings into a world of play.  This event is a U.S. premiere.

Sensory-Friendly Performance Schedule
Sensory-friendly events during this year’s festival include Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play! taking place at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Sensory-friendly performance will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Accessibility
The festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicap accessible. ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made at least 10 business days in advance. For information and questions, please call (412) 456-6666.

Other accessibility offerings include:

  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located at Theater Square.
  • ADA-compliant cable covers are used throughout the outdoor pop-up spaces, where applicable.
  • Guide animals are welcome in all festival locations.
  • Large-print programs are available at information booths.
  • Sensory-friendly performances.

For more on accessibility, please visit www.TrustArts.org/Accessibility

Festival Logistics
The festival grounds will include a variety of food options and vendors, visual art programming at local galleries, pop-up green spaces, free hands-on activities, and free outdoor performances coordinated with Youth Express. Festival hours are 10:00am-2:00pm on Thursday, May 18 and 10:00am-6:00pm on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Information booths will be open during festival hours providing information, tickets and merchandise. Each Featured Performance venue will have staff on-site 60 minutes prior to show time.

Tickets and Information
Tickets are $9 for features performances. Multi-show packs are available and offered for as low as $6 per show! Flex Vouchers from the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series and EQT Bridge Theater Series are honored for all ticketed events taking place during the festival.  Visit www.TrustArts.org/PGHkids, call (416) 456-6666, or pick up tickets in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930, or visit GroupSales@TrustArts.org.

Parking and Transportation
Reserve parking vouchers in the heart of the Cultural District at Theater Square Parking Garage. A limited number of vouchers will be held for festival visitors each day. To reserve your parking voucher, call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.

Festival travel as convenient and comfortable as possible! For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit www.ParkPGH.org. This site shows real-time parking availability in over 20 downtown parking lots with parking inventory updates every 30 seconds.The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/visit/public_transportation.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their participation and support of the 2017 EQT Children’s Theater Festival. 

Special Thanks To

EQT Foundation

Citizens Bank

Gateway Health

Giant Eagle, Inc.

Allegheny Regional Asset District

The Buhl Foundation

The Fine Foundation

The Grable Foundation

The Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The Sprout Fund

Collaborators

Alco Parking Corporation

Citiparks

City of Pittsburgh

Katie’s Kandy

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Roving Art Cart

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Media Partners

91.3 WYEP

KDKA-TV

Comcast

Kidsburgh.org

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Saturday Light Brigade

Youth Express

Membership
Families and Festival Friends help the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to continually present affordable, high quality theater productions. Giving $100 or more grants Members access to reserved seating at the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series and EQT Children’s Theater Festival. As a Member, you’ll also receive many other terrific benefits for a full year ! Visit TrustArts.org/Support or call 412-471-3518 for more details.

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017) is one of only four international children’s theater festivals in the nation.  The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

“Very Funny, Well Acted. Well Done.” 

Last night, we had the chance to see Twelfth Night at Press Night. Thank you, as always, to the incredible staff and volunteers of the Pittsburgh Public Theater for their patronage and support!

The Company delivered a clever and well choreographed production, definitely worth the price of admission for an intimate performance of a sophisticated comedy.

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Gretchen Egolf Performs as Olivia
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Mitchell Jarvis performs as Feste
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Brent Harris performs as Malvolio

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Comedy by William Shakespeare  January 26 – February 26, 2017 O’Reilly Theater   Continue to read the Press Release: Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night Director Ted Papas…

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big: Tickets On Sale Now

Watch your favorite Disney Princesses find the power to make their own magic when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown February 23-26!

Save $5 off on Select tickets to select performances. Use Code MOM16. Tickets at market pricing. No double discounts. Restrictions, exclusions and additional fees may apply. Offer expires on 2/22.

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You can purchase tickets by clicking here, or visiting the PPG Paints Arena Box Office. 

Enter a world where adventure is waiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big playing PPG Paints Arena from February 23-26.  #DisneyOnIce #DreamBig

Continue on to read the official Press Release:

Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!  

Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales and the Princesses that Made them Possible

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make…

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Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

Tickets for Upcoming Shows still available.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
Twelfth Night

January 26 – February 26, 2017

Performance Schedule

Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Feb. 8).

Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 4) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).

Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 2. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 3.

Ticket prices: $30 – $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.

Ticket prices are subject to change.

For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit

the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.

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 A Comedy by William Shakespeare 

January 26 – February 26, 2017

O’Reilly Theater

Photo credit: Michael Henninger Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Continue to read the Press Release:

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

Director Ted Pappas celebrates love and laughter with a lively new production of William Shakespeare’s rowdy and romantic comedy.

PITTSBURGH (January 12, 2017) Pittsburgh Public Theater plays on in grand style with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by The Public’s Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, Twelfth Night runs January 26 – February 26, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Twelfth Night is presented by Highmark.

William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as a brilliant entertainment to end the holiday season for the Elizabethan court. Ted Pappas sets his production pre-World War I, with jazzy original music composed…

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big: Tickets On Sale Now

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You can purchase tickets by clicking here, or visiting the PPG Paints Arena Box Office. 

Enter a world where adventure is waiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big playing PPG Paints Arena from February 23-26.  #DisneyOnIce #DreamBig

Continue on to read the official Press Release:

Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown!  

Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Inspirational Disney Tales and the Princesses that Made them Possible

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers around the country witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.

Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way, as Tinker Bell guides guests to a place where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand.

“Before dreaming up this show, we reflected on what makes Disney’s leading ladies so unique,” said Producer Kenneth Feld.  “Having three daughters, it didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each one had a dream and the determination to make it a reality. We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these courageous young women and the friends that helped them along the way.”

Guests will also enjoy a special second act including royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Audiences will enter the land of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover true love can conquer all.  “Being able to include these new and exciting characters from the Academy Award®-winning tale, Frozen, keeps our shows current and ever evolving,” adds Feld.

Adapting the inspirational moments to the ice presented an interesting challenge to the creative team.  To cause audiences to re-experience the emotions evoked by the films would take glittering sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking choreography and a few surprises. Each member of the creative team approached this challenge with their own unique perspective.

For Director Patty Vincent, it was about realizing her goal for the overall vision of the show. “My favorite part of this entire experience was actually piecing it together from my original dream,” she noted.  “Starting with a blank piece of paper then gathering ideas, finding music, working out the choreography and costumes – I really loved creating it from scratch.  One of the most perfect moments for me was when I found the song “If You Can Dream” on the Disney Wishes album.  It just embodies the wishful and inspirational tone of the show. There’s nothing like seeing ideas that start with your imagination become something real – it’s an incredible experience.”  An example of this creative process is evident in Vincent’s favorite part of the show.  “I love the ‘Under the Sea’ production number because I was able to combine bubbling special effects with the most fantastic costumes and high-energy skating.  The scene is even more fun than I imagined it would be.”

Recognizing the timeless nature of the stories, Creative Director Jerry Bilik sought a cast whose talent would make the stories relatable and inspiring.  “To me, the most exciting part of the show is really the cast,” Bilik said.  “These exceptional performers help translate the stories to the ice magnificently.  Their portrayal of the princesses and princes sweeps the audience away because they capture the essence of the characters’ hopes, dreams and heroism.”

For Costume Designer Ilona Somogyi, this experience was similar to her work on costumes for the hit Broadway production Spamalot, where she also used a very well-known film with many beloved characters as her primary resource.  For Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, she sought inspiration from the original films and some other, more unusual, places.  “In addition to the films, specific scenes also had their own sources of inspiration,” Somogyi said.  “For the Cinderella ball, Fabergé eggs were the basis for the full-flowing waltz gowns.  My underlying inspiration was the little girls who go to the shows dressed as their favorite Disney Princess.  Seeing them made me nostalgic and took me back to what dazzled me as a little girl.”

Choreographer Cindy Stuart focused on crafting numbers that highlighted the unique story of each character.  For example, in the Aladdin segment, there is a busy, fast-paced opening scene in the marketplace where Aladdin is being chased by the guards.  Then when he meets Jasmine, the scene gives way to a dreamy, magical escape from reality in “A Whole New World.”

Set Designer Robert Little’s goal was to create a set that would be as beautiful and surprising as the princesses themselves but flexible enough to allow the telling of so many classic stories.  The core setting is a cascading, multi-tier waterfall with actual flowing water.  With a little pixie dust, Tinker Bell magically transforms the set into a different backdrop for each story.  “We had this idea early on about dreams and the types of places where you’d be compelled to dream, and we hit upon the waterfall,” said Little.  “Like Snow White, who wouldn’t be inspired to wish for their dreams to come true in such a beautiful, magical place in the woods?”  Little also had a hand in crafting the dragon from Sleeping Beauty, one of the most exciting and dramatic elements of the show.  “The effect is truly magnificent – and there’s a thrilling surprise in store for the audience that will really ignite their interests and the ice itself.”

In this, his fifth ice show credit, Emmy® Award-winning Lighting Designer Peter Morse sought to complement the set design with the appropriate lighting that would transition smoothly between the stories.  For instance, Morse used leafy designs of greens and sepia tones to establish the forest where Snow White wishes by a well.  He also recreates the night when Cinderella’s dreams come true with bursts of bright white stars.  “When telling nine distinct stories, it’s important to be able to create a new environment to set the stage for each tale,” said Morse.  “Robert Little did this with the transformable set, and it was my mission to fill the rest of the ice with radiant lighting that would place the audience in the heart of these stories.”

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big invites audiences to come along as Tinker Bell shows them the timeless tales of inspiring princesses and the friends that helped make their dreams come true, including the story of sisterly love between Anna and Elsa.  High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.

 

Stay Tuned for more fun and offers!

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

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 A Comedy by William Shakespeare 

January 26 – February 26, 2017

O’Reilly Theater

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

 

Continue to read the Press Release:

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

Director Ted Pappas celebrates love and laughter with a lively new production of William Shakespeare’s rowdy and romantic comedy.

PITTSBURGH (January 12, 2017) Pittsburgh Public Theater plays on in grand style with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by The Public’s Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, Twelfth Night runs January 26 – February 26, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Twelfth Night is presented by Highmark.

William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as a brilliant entertainment to end the holiday season for the Elizabethan court. Ted Pappas sets his production pre-World War I, with jazzy original music composed by Michael Moricz. The songs are sung by Feste, who is played by Broadway veteran (Rock of Ages) and Carnegie Mellon grad, Mitchell Jarvis. Accompanying him live on stage are Curio (Chad Bender on piano) and Valentine (Andrew Miller on guitar).

The action takes place in Illyria, where outspoken Viola (Carly Street) washes ashore after a shipwreck. The fact that she has a twin brother, Sebastian (Max Rosenak), complicates things as the play unfolds. Pretending to be a boy, Viola serves Duke Orsino (Timothy D. Stickney), who burns with unrequited passion for the noblewoman Olivia (Gretchen Egolf). But Viola’s gender disguise leads to an outrageously out-of-whack love triangle among the three.

Also causing a stir in Olivia’s household are carousers Sir Toby Belch (John Ahlin) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Daniel Krell). Along with the not-so-gentlewoman, Maria (Helena Ruoti), they trick pompous steward Malvolio (Brent Harris) into ridiculous public displays of affection for Olivia. Rounding out the cast in this play that’s both funny and moving in equal measures are Tony Bingham, Don DiGiulio, and Drew Stone.

The design team for Twelfth Night is James Noone (Scenic), Gabriel Berry (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by McCorkle Casting. The Production Stage Manager is Ruth E. Kramer and the Assistant Stage Manager is Phill Madore.

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

January 26 – February 26, 2017

Performance Schedule

Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Feb. 8).

Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 4) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).

Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 2. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 3.

Ticket prices: $30 – $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.

Ticket prices are subject to change.

For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit

the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Disney On Ice is Here! Tickets on Sale

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It’s Almost HERE!! A celebration of royal proportions is coming to town in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream.  Playing PPG Paints Arena from December 9-11, 2016. Multiple Showtimes Available, but you have to act fast to get your tickets!!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOURS NOW!

 

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Read the FULL Press Release below…

 

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream Takes Adventure to

New Lengths with Magical Moments from

Disney’s Newest Fairytales and Timeless Classics

 

Feld Entertainment’s Exciting Disney On Ice Production is a Celebration of Royal Proportions

featuring Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella

 

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney’s most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.

 

Audiences begin their magical, musical voyage in New Orleans celebrating the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and then escape into the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The trip continues to Cinderella’s kingdom in her search for true love and follows Rapunzel as she discovers the world beyond her tower on her quest to see the floating lanterns. The Disney Princesses then come together for the first time on ice during the finale, to welcome Rapunzel into their royal court in the ultimate princess experience.

 

“There’s something within each of the stories of Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that speaks to women and girls and families around the world,” says Producer Nicole Feld. “Each of these princesses is searching for what truly makes them happy. And I think that’s very reflective of what audiences are like today.”

 

“This show is different from anything we’ve ever done, and we’re excited about all the exhilarating aspects we’ve included in this production,” says Producer Juliette Feld.  “This is the first time Rapunzel is featured on the ice with her tremendous amount of hair. And new this year, the Princess who started it all, Snow White, will be joining the show with the Seven Dwarfs, bringing more magic than ever before.”

 

Disney’s Tangled

 

In adapting Tangled to the ice for the first time, Director Patty Vincent was challenged with how to convey all of Rapunzel’s hair without interfering with the skating. During the segment, 2,000 feet of silk representing Rapunzel’s magical, golden tresses winds throughout the rafters of the arena and drapes down to the ice for use in a heart-stopping aerial act never before seen in a Disney On Ice production. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider escape the tower, flying 25 feet up in the air and performing daring acrobatics.

 

“The performers trained for six weeks just to build their upper body strength, because skaters use very different muscles when ice skating,” says Vincent. “It works perfectly on the ice because they don’t have to run; they just skate, and they’re lifted into the air and begin a gorgeous athletic act.”

 

Under the direction of Choreographer Cindy Stuart and Aerial Trainer Anna Kaminnik, the performers mastered the blend of ice and aerial choreography in which Rapunzel and Flynn fly above the arena floor and slowly descend to the ice in a fluid motion, creating a feeling of constant movement.

 

Stuart was able to contrast the beauty of the aerial act by showcasing the athleticism of the skaters when Rapunzel and Flynn stop at the Snuggly Duckling tavern on their way to see the lanterns. During this energetic sequence, the pub thugs break into a rowdy show tune medley, and the scene turns into a trick section with performers doing cartwheels, handstands, jumps and leaps on the ice and the props.

 

The adventurous nature of Rapunzel’s story allowed Costume Designer Ivan Ingermann to incorporate unusual fabrics and silhouettes into his costumes. Rapunzel’s world is mainly full of rich colors and textures and romantic silhouettes. However, during the Snuggly Duckling segment, Ingermann designed costumes for the pub thugs using faux fur and faux leather, materials not normally seen in an ice show.

 

Another distinctive design element of Dare to Dream is the revolving set, an idea conceived by Scenic Designer Stan Meyer.  By designing a rotating piece that transforms to specifically fit each of the unique settings of the stories, Meyer was able to create one major centerpiece with four entirely different environments. When the set morphs into Rapunzel’s forest, a paneled backdrop of pastel flora and butterflies opens and a majestic tower slowly emerges, rising from the ice as golden hair falls from the window.

 

Lighting Designer Peter Morse incorporated these same pastels and royal colors by surrounding the audience in rich shades of purple, a prominent color in Rapunzel’s world.  When Rapunzel and Flynn Rider finally reach the end of their journey, the entire arena goes dark as a single lantern slowly floats up into the air, and suddenly, lanterns illuminate the sky above the audience.

 

“When we create Disney On Ice, what we’re hoping to do, aside from bringing families together and telling great stories, is create memorable moments,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “In the Tangled sequence, there is one moment that is absolutely unforgettable.  At every show, one special child is picked to launch the first lantern. All you see is the one lantern that goes up, and as soon as it reaches the top, all the other lanterns light up the arena. It’s breathtaking.”

 

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

In contrast to the colorful and playful world of Rapunzel, to set the mood for the story of Snow White, the lighting had to take on a darker and more mysterious quality.  As the story begins, the lighting dims and a thin layer of fog fills the ice. Soon a flash of light and dark shadows appear signaling the arrival of the Evil Queen.

 

When it comes time for Snow White to flee into the magical forest for protection from the Queen, Morse focused on the use of black lights to highlight her frantic pace. As she finally escapes the forest and arrives at the door of the Dwarf’s cottage, the ice is bathed in rich golden colors, signaling the calm after the storm and her newfound safety.

 

Being the Princess who started it all, the costume design for Snow White is a classic silhouette that will be easily recognizable by audiences young and old. The traditional yellow and blue dress was made for swift, yet graceful, movement on the ice, twirling and flowing as Snow White glides through her world.

 

Audiences will also be delighted to see all Seven Dwarfs make an appearance in Dare to Dream, each outfit as unique as the Dwarf wearing it.

 

Walt Disney’s Cinderella

 

As the story shifts to the romantic tale of Cinderella, a glittering purple and blue castle stands majestically in the background with a white and gold grand butterfly staircase framing the clock tower. Cinderella is joined by ball attendants regally dressed in bright, colorful gowns sparkling with the help of sequins and glitter. Below the castle, glistening stars and swirls of soft blues and pinks fill the ice when Cinderella skates to classic songs such as “So This is Love” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

 

In addition to the pair skating and elegant ice dancing showcased in Dare to Dream, Cinderella features synchronized skating by a team of 20 performers portraying the palace guards searching for the owner of the glass slipper. More than half the cast performs this fast-paced and complex precision number, creating lines, formations and constantly moving patterns on the ice.

 

Light-hearted elements throughout the segment provide a contrast from the romanticism and precision of many of the scenes. Cinderella’s mice friends make an appearance singing and dancing while they make her a dress for the ball. Cinderella’s stepsisters are on hand as well, amusing the audience with their comical antics.

 

Lighting plays an important role in telling Cinderella’s story, and a key component of the lighting design is the ability to feature the skaters themselves. “We have to light the whole scene to keep it bright and beautiful,” says Morse, “while also highlighting the characters.”

 

With a swish of her magic wand, a flash of light and those three little words, the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella before the ball. From a cloud of smoke, a sparkling carriage emerges, drawn by four white horses and glistening like a crystal ball in the darkness, creating a magical moment as Cinderella rides toward the castle. Later, as Prince Charming and the Duke ponder the identity of the beautiful girl from the ball, the ice is dark, save for the moonlight streaming through tall windows on either side of the ice and forming a dark hallway between them, an illusion created by gobos and spotlights.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog

 

Popular color palettes and designs from the Harlem Renaissance became a major source of inspiration for The Princess and the Frog. When Dare to Dream opens in New Orleans, vibrant orange and golden yellow light fills the arena, matching the bright colors of the costumes inspired by the period. Set against a French Quarter backdrop painted in rich reds, purples and greens, flappers and banjo players revel on a balcony while page boys and other townsfolk dance on the ice below, creating a multilayered street party.  The opening number, “When the Saints go Marching In,” combines jazz-influenced choreography and the Charleston to create a vivid and energetic street scene.

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream seamlessly merges the classic with the new, maintaining the timelessness of some of the most cherished stories of all time, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while also incorporating popular songs and unforgettable scenes from Disney’s Tangled and The Princess and the Frog.  From the lighting and scenery to the music, choreography and costumes, each element of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream magically combines to create a memorable show for the entire family.

 

 

 

See “The Fantasticks” at The Pittsburgh Public Theater

Try To Remember…. what is the longest running musical in the World? Why, its “The Fantasticks”! First performed in 1960, this show tells an incredible story of two Fathers who ploy to get their children together by staging a feud between them. The families are neighbors, and not above creating a outrageous plan to pair the children back together when the feud fails.

Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater
Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater

 

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Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater
Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater
Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater
Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater
Photo credit to Pittsburgh Public Theater

The Fantasticks is being performed  September 29 – October 30, 2016  at the O’Reilly Theater.

Learn more about the show and get your tickets by using the Pittsburgh Public Theater website, or visit the box office! Tonight’s showtime is 8pm!

Directed by Ted Pappas

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Kinky Boots is Back!

Tonight is opening night… will I see you there? Show starts at 7:30 PM!

Other showtimes include:

  • Wed, Sep 21 @ 7:30 PM
  • Thurs, Sep 22 @ 7:30 PM
  • Fri, Sep 23 @ 8 PM
  • Sat, Sep 24 @ 2 PM
  • Sat, Sep 24 @ 8 Pm
  • Sun, Sep 25 @ 1 PM
  • Sun, Sep 25 @ 6:30 PM

Get your tickets (starts at only $34.00)!

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

(trustarts.org, 2016)

 

Click here to read more from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Review: Venus in Fur

“What is an English word for significant other? …Asshole!” – Venus in Fur

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Christian Conn Male Lead: Thomas photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Christian Conn
Male Lead: Thomas
photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Whitney Maris Brown Female Lead: Vanda photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater
Whitney Maris Brown
Female Lead: Vanda
photo credit: Pittsburgh Public Theater

It was a dark and stormy night… when a dark haired woman (Whitney Maris Brown) stormed her way into an audition hours past closing, with no appointment, and no reservations. Vanda manipulates the playwright, Thomas (Christian Conn) into a last minute performance, in which he feels he is humoring her whim while wasting his time.  She seems predictable, scattered and immature until she begins to read for the role of the female lead; rather, she  unleashes a fresh side to a very vintage dominatrix in making.

Venus in Fur is “symbolic”, as mentioned several times between the show’s only two characters. The chemistry between them is erotic and intense. They share the control and bully each other to come out of their comfort zones as they invest their personal emotions into an imperfect script. There were no intermissions or breaks in the one scene show. It was especially refreshing to witness Brown’s portrayal of Vanda, uninhibited and sensually mysterious.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the performance alike. I was nervous that the show was going to be overwhelming sexually, however I found it to be more psychological. It is a very intelligent script, about a script. The story moved seamlessly from “real” to “rehearsal” mode between the actors with different voice tones and inflections portraying several emotions and reactions, as well as subtle lighting and costume changes written into the action.

I highly recommend this show to those with a passion for arts, women and the art of being a woman. HAIL APHRODITE!

To get tickets, you can click this link. Tickets cost between $30.00 – $60.00, https://goo.gl/L6n5Nw,
or call 412.316.8200, ext. 704 to order in person.

Many Thanks to The Pittsburgh Public Theater and all of the wonderful vendors featured at Goddess Night.

#PPT #PittsburghPublicTheater #GoddessNight

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link to Venus in Fur Preview